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Hamas militant killed by suicide bomber in Gaza

GAZA CITY, Gaza Strip: The Hamas militant group ruling Gaza says one of its fighters was killed by a suicide bomber yesterday while trying to stop the attacker from crossing…

Lebanon scraps reviled rape law

BEIRUT: Lebanon’s parliament yesterday scrapped a controversial law allowing rapists who marry their victims to go free, official media and activists said, after a high-profile campaign for its repeal. A…

Israel demolishes home of Palestinian who stabbed 3

KOBAR: Israeli forces demolished the home yesterday of a Palestinian who fatally stabbed three Israelis in a nearby settlement as tensions soared last month over Jerusalem’s Al-Aqsa mosque compound. The…

Bruised but coping, Qatar economy remains strong

DOHA/ZURICH: Qatar’s sovereign wealth fund, with around $300 billion to its name, is shrugging off the country’s diplomatic crisis with its neighbors and planning to expand its holdings. Its chief…

Qatar: Time needed to rebuild trust – Boycott adds to woes of migrant workers

DOHA: Qatar’s foreign minister said yesterday it will take a “lot of time” to rebuild any trust between sparring Gulf countries because of the region’s continuing diplomatic crisis. As the…

Saudi Arabia and Iraq to re-open border crossing after 27 years

RIYADH, Aug 15 (Reuters) – Saudi Arabia and Iraq plan to open the Arar border crossing for trade for the first time since 1990, when it was closed after the…

Egypt discovers three millennia-old tombs

CAIRO: Egypt archaeologists have discovered three ancient tombs containing sarcophagi in the south of the country in a cemetery dating back about 2,000 years, the antiquities ministry said yesterday. The…

Iran threatens to boost nuke program

TEHRAN: Iran’s president warned yesterday that it could ramp up its nuclear program and quickly achieve a more advanced level if the US continues “threats and sanctions” against the country,…

Yemeni man executed for rape, murder of 4-yr-old

SANAA: Yemenis gathered yesterday in the rebel-held capital to witness the putting to death of a man convicted of raping and killing a child, in the second such public execution…

A Third of Syrian refugee kids not in school, despite pledges

Syria aid plagued by persistent funding shortfalls MANSHIYEH, Jordan: Since his family fled civil war in Syria five years ago, 15-year-old Ali Al-Sbehi hasn’t set foot in a school. Instead,…

Commandos kill 25 jihadists in central Syria: Monitor

BEIRUT: A commando operation backed by Russian warplanes and helicopters has killed 25 members of the Islamic State jihadist group in central Syria, a monitor said yesterday. Supported by regime…

Qatar crisis redraws red lines and frays age-old Gulf ties

DUBAI: It’s early morning at a fishing port in Dubai. A group of mostly retired fishermen are playing cards, eating dates and drinking coffee at the port’s majlis, a traditional…

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